Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Double-speak by the DUP on homosexuality

I READ the comments of Nelson McCausland on the "immoral" nature of homosexuality (News, August 4) with a certain degree of bemusement.

I say that because, on the website of Belfast Pride, Mr McCausland's department - Social Development - is listed as a 'supporter'.

Perhaps Mr McCausland would like to spell out just how his department 'supports' Belfast Pride and whether he intends to stop that support.

Similarly, in the event of Jim Wells becoming health minister, will he continue to fund the Rainbow Project?

The department provides a core grant to the Rainbow Project towards its central administrative costs. The grant is used as a contribution towards the salary of the director's post.

Will Mr Wells be using his position as deputy chair of the health committee to press for a review of this funding - given that spokespeople from the Rainbow Project were wheeled out to defend the display of a 'blasphemous' poster at this year's Belfast Pride?

And where do Mr McCausland and Mr Wells stand on the Sexual Orientation Strategy currently being worked on by officials in OFMDFM - a department the DUP jointly head?

Will they oppose said strategy? Will they oppose it in the Assembly by speaking or voting against it?

An article on the website of The Butterfly Club, which describes itself as a 'support network for transgendered people and their families', sums up the doublespeak of the DUP rather well when it comes to this issue: "The great irony was that, even as the DUP was in full flight to a golf club on the fringes of the city, a delegate from the Office of the First Minister was enthusing about our conference and emphasising her willingness to be of help in any way possible."

SAMUEL MORRISON

Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh

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